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How to save calendula seed

Overview

Save money by collecting and storing seed of your favourite hardy annuals, to sow next year. Saving seed from pot marigold, Calendula officinalis, couldn't be easier. Ensure you allow the seedheads to fully develop on the plant before collecting them (they will turn brown and papery as they mature), and store in a cool, dry place.


How to do it

Removing seed from flower heads

1

When the seedheads have developed fully, remove them from the plant and lay them on a sheet of paper indoors, to dry for a few days. Once dry, separate the seeds from the seedhead. Place the seeds in a clean, labelled envelope.


Adding silica gel to an airtight container

2

Place a sachet of silica gel in the container to prevent any moisture developing, and add the envelope of seeds. Seal the container and store it in a cool, dry place such as the fridge.


Adam's tip

You can also save seed of cerinthe, nigella and poppy, for sowing in spring.



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dancingbearuk 24/11/2011 at 15:29

i found this feature extremely useful as Ii already save seeds but am not aware of the large variety of seeds i could be saving!